Cory Booker, New Jersey senatorial candidate and mayor of Newark, spoke out on rumors in Washington that he is gay in a Washington Post profile this week. While Booker did not indicate whether he was gay or straight, his opponent, Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan, says Booker might be avoiding identifying his sexual preference to secure the gay vote.
Lonegan called Booker “weird” and recalled that Booker goes out for late-night manicures and pedicures as his personal fetish.
“Maybe that helps him get the gay vote, by acting ambiguous,” Lonegan told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg. “That I can’t address. Although I don’t like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of day, for manicures and pedicures. It was described as his peculiar fetish. I have a more peculiar fetish: I like a good Scotch and a cigar, that’s my fetish. But we’ll just compare the two. As a guy, I personally like being a guy.”
Lonegan, however, admitted that he had not read the Washington Post interview.
“People who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful," Booker told the Washington Post. “Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.’”
Booker did say he was dating and that he did not want to put a “young lady” in the spotlight without cause.